Nicolaus Radford

Houston Mechatronics

Founder, President & CEO

Nicolaus Radford is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Houston Mechatronics, Inc (HMI), a rapidly growing robotics and mechatronics startup, specializing in robotics, intelligent automation, and electric-based platforms with a strong focus in the subsea domain. Prior to HMI, Mr. Radford spent 14 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the Dexterous Robotics Laboratory. He eventually became Principal Investigator (PI) for the Valkyrie robot, a bipedal humanoid developed for both disaster response and NASA’s Mars exploration vision. Previously, Mr. Radford served as Chief Engineer for Robonaut 2 (R2), a spaceflight humanoid robot, developed in partnership with General Motors as a prototype for advanced manufacturing processes requiring human-level dexterity and coordination. He then led efforts to redesign and qualify R2 for the International Space Station (ISS) and spearheaded NASA’s efforts in exoskeleton research for ISS crew exercise and mobility assistance. Mr. Radford initially served as Co-PI for NASA on DARPA’s Warrior Web program, which focused on wearable robotics for military applications. He has extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams in challenging, development timeline environments. During his tenure at NASA, he was the recipient of numerous patents, design awards, and commendations for his expertise and leadership that culminated in his receiving NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. Mr. Radford has been published on a multitude of topics relating to spaceflight robotics and is part editor for Springer’s Humanoid Robotics Handbook.

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